Curtis Laws Wilson Library
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Rolla, MO 65409-0060
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Main office: 573-341-4227
Interlibrary Loan: 573-341-4006
Websites are easy to create and maintain. This is one of the strengths of the web, allowing the rapid proliferation of information, ideas, and points of view. It is also one of the web's greatest weaknesses.
Because anyone can easily make a website, people can create dishonest or misleading sites to promote their own interests. They may be trying to sell a product, or promote a political cause, or discredit a rival, or even spread misinformation for fun. Because of this, you have to be careful and evaluate websites to determine whether they are honest and reliable.
When encountering a website, you will want to look at some things to help determine how reliable its information might be.
There are five basic criteria to consider when evaluating any resource:
Those are just the very basics. A great tutorial to help you evaluate web resources is The Ohio State Libraries' Evaluating Web Sites.